Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

As families across the country begin to organize their taxes, we’re reminded of the incredible year of victories for the LGBT community. These accomplishments – including the historic DOMA decision – can mean big changes for how same-sex couples and their families file this year.

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service will now legally recognize same-sex couples for all federal tax purposes. This means that for some couples, the federal government will recognize your marriage even though your state may not. However, depending on where you live, your state may require you file as “single” for your state return.

This can create conflicting requirements and further muddies the water for Americans trying to prepare their own returns.

To better help you navigate this rapidly evolving terrain, HRC has provided an overview of state income tax requirements. 

Get the facts on your tax filings this year at


This document is intended to provide general information and should not be construed as legal or tax advice or an opinion on specific facts or circumstances.

Filed under: Federal Advocacy

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